Ryan’s Miracle Watch 6/17/18

Okay, so Happy Father’s Day for realsies…for those of us out here on the west coast!

Joshua 24:15    “But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”

Genesis 18:19   “For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 9/16/18

Psalm 127:3   Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him.

The Lord has rewarded me twice. I have two wonderfully made boys. Thank you Lord!

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers out there! We hope and pray the Lord blesses you beyond measure…

P.S. – I posted this for the benefit of those in time zones where it’s already tomorrow…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 6/15/18

Here’s a picture of Ryan & Jake with their cousins. Today, these cousins (along with their parents and grandparents) came to visit Ryan.

The littlest one (far left, top pic) turned 15 just last week, and the one just to the left of Ryan (again, top pick) is 6’2″.

My, how time flies!

PS – But, I’m not getting any older…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 6/14/18

This is another picture from my smiling wall. It’s from a trip Ryan took with a church group that went to help build houses down in Mexico. I think you can see why it makes me smile. Not only do I get to see Ryan’s beautiful smile, but also the joyful smile he’s bringing out in the child he’s holding. Looks like they were having a lot of fun.

Lord, I pray you’d allow Ryan more opportunities to make people smile in the near future. Amen

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 6/13/18

An extremely shy 13-year old girl singer and a comic with Tourette syndrome get on the AGT stage, and both kill it.

Job loses everything he’s ever loved and owned, yet stays true to God and…you know the story.

I’ve had no obstacles to overcome. So, what’s my excuse?

1 John 5:4   for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

Ryan’s had the hiccups three or four times a day for about an hour or two over the past couple of days. Poor guy. It’s got to be the most annoying thing for him…well, except for most of the lame jokes I tell him and the old fogey music I play all the time…


Ryan’s Miracle Watch 6/12/18

It’s been 2,542 days since Ryan’s incident occurred back in 2011. Sometimes it feels like only a single day has gone by, because I remember every detail of the day as if it happened yesterday. And, that makes me cry.

But, then I think of all the wonderful things God has accomplished through Ryan’s journey. And that,  my friends, makes me smile.

Thank you Lord…

1 Thessalonians 5:18   Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.


Ryan’s Miracle Watch 6/11/18

Tick Warning!!!

If someone comes to your front door saying they are checking for ticks due to warm weather and asks you to take off your clothes and dance around with your arms up…DO NOT DO IT! THIS IS A SCAM!

I wish I’d seen this yesterday…I feel so stupid.

I won’t ask Ryan to take off his clothes, but I’m sure ready to see him dance around…

Dance like nobody’s watching…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 6/10/18

This is one of the pictures of Ryan and Jacob (lft – rt) that’s hanging on my smiling wall. I think you can guess why it makes me smile. What were Janine and I thinking, letting the boys eat junk food like Pringles?

Hug your kids and tell them you love them every chance you get, because they grow up way too quickly…don’t they?

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 6/9/18

Got home this evening to the sound of music blaring (although not annoyingly) through the valley, coming from what we can only assume is a graduation party of some sort. It happens throughout our town every year around this time. Ryan would like to wish a hardy congratulations to all his friends who’ve graduated during the past several weeks! He wants them to know he’s praying for them, and hopes they’ll make a positive impact all over the world, beginning in their own backyard. Yes, beginning in their own backyard. Trust in God, believing He’ll work with whatever you offer Him. Consider offering Him your all. Ryan’s offered his all, and God’s using it in amazing ways to further His kingdom; ways I’ve been allowed to witness over the years. Thank you Lord for giving me eyes to watch/see your plan unfold!

Romans 12

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 6/8/18 Luke Souza Update & Prayer Request

Here’s the latest post about Luke on his Caring Bridge site:

“Good news is that the PET scan came back showing that tumor shrunk a little more and there are no active cells!! Yeah!  However…. Luke’s oncologist consulted with other doctors/radiologists and they all concurred he should have radiation. This morning we met with an oncologist radiologist DR. who presented his case to the Lymphoma experts and they concurred that he should have the radiation to increase all odds for a future HL free life! The reason being for radiation is that his original tumor size was considered large and bulky (15cm), and he had multiple symptoms such as weight loss, night sweats, hard time breathing and pains in his chest. They believe the cancer is gone but to further decrease the chances of it returning he will have 3 weeks of radiation 5 days a week.   We were disappointed to hear this news but glad it is only 3 weeks, it is a very targeted and a low dose radiation.

As always, thanks again for your prayers and support!  God Bless!
The Souza Family”

For those of you who don’t know, Luke is the son of a good friend of mine who I went to high school with. Wonderful family, they are. Sounded like Yoda there…sorry about that. Anyway, I hope you’ll continue to support Luke and his family through your prayers. And, if you want, you can also visit his site directly on Caring Bridge.

As always, thank you for your kindness towards others. It does not go unnoticed; especially by God…